The Federal Government has inaugurated a white-paper drafting committee on the revision of the country’s National Defence Policy (2015) to reflect its current security challenges.
Amb.Danjuma Shani, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence, inaugurated the committee in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, the committee chaired by retired Lt.-Gen. Isaac Obiakor, has six weeks within which to come up with the white paper.
“All nations in the modern world require a National Defence Policy to guide the core functions of their sovereignty and nationhood.
“Nigeria has operated a National Defence Policy since 2006 to guide our national direction in defence, economic and military affairs both locally and internationally.
“It, therefore, behooves on you to collectively and dispassionately execute this “National Assignment’’ irrespective of service affiliations and primordial differences.
“Terms of reference are to capture government’s view/position to each of the recommendations in the revised National Defence Policy.
“To make recommendations to government to realistic strategies for the implementation of the revised National Defence Policy.’’
Shani added that the adoption of a new National Defence Policy is strategic in view of the dynamic nature of national security and current security threats such as terrorism and militancy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the draft National Defence Policy was submitted to the Federal Government in May 2015. (NAN)